Heidi Herron

Heidi Herron
Location
Wisconsin, USA
Birthday
October 31
Bio
I used to write about random things on OS, the first place I ever wrote publicly. But the political unrest that began in Wisconsin early in 2011, consumed me. My posts here are now all things Wisconsin either through documentational personal posts of the continuing struggle (which only appear on Open Salon) or through cross posts first published on WIvoices.org. I founded that organization in order to feature verbatim interviews with other Wisconsinites. These primary documents bear witness to the times that we live in and return the power to the people - where it belongs. WIvoices.org.

first published on WIvoices.org

VIDEO INTERVIEW

Julie Augesen, Glenwood City mother of 7 year old twins lead the effort to recall City Council members over Frac Sand mining.Julie Augesen, Glenwood City mother of twins led the effort to recall City Council members over Frac Sand mining.

Senate Bill 349 “is dangerous and reckless,” says mother Julie Augesen, whose 7-year-old twins attend school near a pr… Read full post »

On September 20, a local citizen bustled into a Glenwood City restaurant and announced, "We're recalling 3 local officials."

Mother Julie Augesen submitted recall paperwork which targets 3 local officials who Mother Julie Augesen submitted recall paperwork which targets 3 local officials who "refuse to let us vote" on frac sand mining near her children's school.

To the… Read full post »

[first published on WIvoices.org]

 

Wisconsin is back in the national spotlight with numerous public policy choices enacted that affect healthcare for women and girls in the Badger State.

One of the most controversial - SB 206/Act 37 - was signed into law a few/Read full post »

In the rush to expand national drilling in the U.S., the dissenting voices often heard are associated with hydraulic fracturing.  But what most people to not understand, is that silica "frac sand" is a crucial tool utilized in this process by injecting sand into the earth in order to prop itRead full post »

 (first published on WIvoices.org)

With over 100 frac sand mining and processing sites, Wisconsin is now the leading supplier of frac sand in the nation. But are companies operating in our state complying with regulations? According to a recent report, about 90% of sites visited by the WI Depa/… Read full post »

(first published on WIvoices.org)

Small business owner, Brenda Tabor-Adams, lives with her husband and 2-year-old son in a silica frac sand mining district between New Auburn and Chetek, WI. They are surrounded by mines. Two separate facilities are within a third of a mile and three more are withinRead full post »

 (all views are mine)

While Wisconsin progressives cheered and embraced each other for a lot of hard ground work in this election cycle re-electing the president, nothing is ever definitive in a swing state.  We woke up this morning to a state government completely controlled by the Republ/… Read full post »

 (this PREVIEW was first published on WIvoices.org)

 New Auburn, WI has 7 silica frac sand mines within a 5 mile radius, so we decided to take Jim Laskin's advice and document the area.  We loaded up our camera gear and hit the road. The sand rush is transforming/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 12:37AM

Frac Sand Mine Planned Next to School in WI

                                 (first published on WIvoices.org)

Glenwood City, WI small business owner, Jim Laskin, owRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 17, 2012 3:22PM

Wisconsin Legislation Written for Mining Interests

 

With the focus on Wisconsin public policy in our country right now, it is crucial that we understand how it impacts real people.  Thank-you for taking the time to listen to our Wisconsin stories and to educate yourselves before you vote on these issues - they affect all of us.… Read full post »

First published on WIvoices.org: Full interview to be released later this month.

We received a phone call mid afternoon on July 2 that Mr. Wiggins had time for a brief interview the following day. We jumped at the chance, cleared our calendars and planned logistics for the 3 hour

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JUNE 5, 2012 2:24PM

Election Day for Walker Recall

  (all views are mine)

I don't have time to write a bunch, just a few snippets from the ground here.  Turnout appears to be record everywhere.  I got one of the few remaining parking spots at my polling place at 8:00 am in a city of 8000.  That is a good… Read full post »

 (first published on WIvoices.org)

Below is the full verbatim interview of veteran teacher Meg Farrington. The Somerset School District took a collaborative approach in their educational policy over the past couple of years. The school board not only included administrators and the p

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 (first published on WIvoices.org)

Stephanie Kline resigned from her position as an 8th grade math teacher at New Richmond Middle School in Wisconsin. Her last day of teaching is June 6, 2012. A final straw for Kline came when her 5-year-old son was refused services at her

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 (all views are mine)

It is very difficult to believe that the culmination of the focus of 15 months of our lives will be resolved in less than 2 weeks with the June 5 recall election of Governor Scott Walker.  Anyone involved in this cause has seen his/her life turned u… Read full post »

 (first published on WIvoices.org)

 

 Kim Wojchik is the Executive Director at Turningpoint in River Falls for victims of domestic and sexual violence. They served 797 people in 2011 who came to them from either Pierce or St. Croix County [Western Wisconsin]. She has seen

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Editor’s Pick
APRIL 24, 2012 12:05AM

WI Teacher says “students aren’t being fed”

 (first published on WIvoices.org)

Meg Farrington (29-year veteran teacher from Somerset, WI) explains that some students are struggling with hunger in school and how teachers have “stepped up to the plate” to bridge the gap and fill the need in the community. Farrington sa

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Editor’s Pick
APRIL 12, 2012 4:42PM

Man Worries about Wisconsin's Retirement System

 
(first published on WIvoices.org)
Well into the evening, I met Bob Beglinger and his wife Sheryl after they had been on the road for several days. Bob is a member of the citizen’s group called POWRS Committee (ProtectRead full post »
Editor’s Pick
APRIL 2, 2012 11:58PM

In WI: GOP Primary, but all Eyes on Walker

walker
(all views are mine; picture from politico.com)

As the nation looks to Wisconsin today, those of us here are all focused on the Walker recall scheduled this summer. For the zillion reasons why, I’ve written a lengthy update, not intended for the casual political observer. The politic

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Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 17, 2012 3:46PM

Why Wisconsinites Recalled Walker

first published on WIvoices.org

  • 1.5 tons - total weight of the paper petitions delivered by truck today
  • 16,700 - average number of people who signed every day for 60 days
  • 20,000 - number of petitions downloaded in/
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Editor’s Pick
JANUARY 12, 2012 4:49PM

Voices from the Rally Crowd (pt 3)

 first published on WIvoices.org

 

This is the 3rd (and final) part of a series of interviews from the Walker recall kick off rally in Madison, WI, November 19, 2011. Read the first part of the series HERE and the second part HERE.

These bagpipers fromRead full post »

JANUARY 4, 2012 10:30AM

Voices from the Rally Crowd (pt 2)

  

first published on WIvoices.org

Capitol in Madison during the Walker kick off rally, November 19, 2011.

This is the 2nd of a 3 part series of interviews from that day. Read the first part of the series HERE.

I stood silently on one of the

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Editor’s Pick
DECEMBER 10, 2011 10:01AM

Wisconsin Couple Unable to get ID to Vote

(first published on WIvoices.org

John Wolfe and Rita Platt

(photo and VIDEO of partial interview by Art Juchno)

Now that photo ID’s are required for voting in Wisconsin, Jennifer “Rita” Platt and John Wolfe drove 45 minutes from Osceola to the nearest Dept. of

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 27, 2011 10:20PM

Voices from the Rally Crowd (pt 1)

  

On November 19, 2011, I traveled to Madison, WI to attend the rally to begin the recall of Gov. Walker.  The weather was a warm, near 50 degrees for mid-November.  The crowd was lively with the regular songs, rousing speeches, local music, and the wave of protestors

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Editor’s Pick
NOVEMBER 13, 2011 11:15PM

WI Voices: A Social Worker (update)

 

 “Megan”, a social worker in Child Protective Services, first told her story in May when the debate of Gov. Walker’s Budget Repair Bill was still underway.  Now that the bill has passed, Megan has agreed to offer an inside view of the recent changes to her

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